Aaron Davis & the Mystery Machine
Chiefly known as co-founder of decade-long Americana band Screen Door Porch, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Aaron Davis works the lesser-worn corners of the American musical fabric through an unconventional lens. Slide banjo? Detuned guitar made of metal and an electric cigar box? You bet. From “searing slide guitar” (Country Weekly) echoing southern blues à la Duane Allman, with “a particularly interesting approach that mixes poetry, groove and roughness” (Lonestar Time) to a patchwork of fingerstyle folk and roots, pensive alt-country, gypsy grass and early 70s rock, Davis has been described as a “truly phenomenal songwriter” (Americana UK). The texture experts of his touring band brotherhood, The Mystery Machine—drummer Jason Baggett with 3-part harmony sung by bassist David Bundy and pianist/organist/trombonist Mike Patton—combine for a dynamic stage show.
Wyoming-based and Kentucky-bred, Davis recently released The Meander (2019), his ninth album and the second release under his name. The set billows and breathes with both minimalist acoustic compositions and ensemble arrangements with The Mystery Machine, diversified with a dozen musical guests from the greater Wyoming musician community. Songs “The Wolves” and “Same Cloth” were official selections for Wyoming Arts Council’s 2019 Wyoming Roadtrip Playlist. Davis’ songs have landed in various projects including films, commercials, podcasts, documentaries and network television.
Screen Door Porch (2008-2017) had toured nationally and became a household name in the region while releasing four studio albums and garnering national attention via numerous “Best Albums of the Year” lists in the US and Top 25 radio charting in Europe. According to Vanguard Records executive and critic Bill Bentley, “Screen Door Porch transformed roots music into something much larger, a down home good time vibe that induces sonic hypnosis.” The New York Times noted their “entrepreneurial gumption in touring the Wyoming way,” regarding founding, producing and performing with the WYOmericana Caravan Tour —“a traveling concert circus” that that made waves across the Mountain West annually from 2013-2017. The tour is being revived in May of 2020.
The aforementioned projects have allowed Davis to share bills with some of his heroes—Wilco, Willie Nelson, Jason Isbell, Buddy Guy, Sam Bush, Brian Wilson, Steve Earle, Hayes Carll, Nicki Bluhm, Justin Townes Earle, Shinyribs, Grace Potter, and James McMurtry.